The Stooges or Iggy and the Stooges were a prominent band who became active on the music scene in 1967 until 1974. They reunited and started performing again in 2003. The band had been widely acclaimed because of their influence in the development of punk rock music. Because of their achievement in the music industry, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and had been included in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest artists of all time.
THE ORIGINS OF THE STOOGES
Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) started The Stooges together with the brothers Ron and Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander. Iggy worked on vocals, Ron on guitars, Scott on drums, and Dave on bass.
The band first performed at their house in State Street on the Halloween of 1967. It would be followed by their gig at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit Michigan where they were then called as Psychedelic Stooges. The kind of music the band initially played showcased a more progressive style and not the punk rock sound they were most popularly recognized for.
As they performed more in front of audiences, the band became increasingly popular for the wild and out-of-this world actions they make during each performance. Iggy became outstanding because of this insane moves while onstage and he’d also been credited for starting the trend of stage diving.
THE STOOGES’ MUSICAL CAREER
Under Elektra Records, the band’s first self-titled album came out in 1969 but did not fare well in the music market. It was followed by Fun House which was released in 1970. The album embodied the very lively attitude the Stooges were very well-known for but did not receive much attention from the people as well.
When the band started using heroin due to the influence of their manager, John Adams, they became wilder and more erratic when performing. Because of this, Elektra Records was forced to let them go and the band eventually disbanded in July 1971.
After the band broke up, Pop made acquaintance with David Bowie and signed a contract under the MainMan. He also met Clive Davie of CBS/Columbia Records who offered a recording deal. In UK, Iggy and Williamson tried to reform the band but they could not find adequate additional members. They then decided to persuade the Asheton brothers to join them and the Iggy & the Stooges was formed. Their first album was Raw Power which was released in 1973. The album did not sell much but it was considered to be one of the vital foundations of punk rock music.
Iggy & Stooges disbanded again in 1974 due to Iggy Pop’s continuous use of heroin and unpredictable manners witnessed by the people around him. The live album Metallic K.O. was later released in 1976 containing the band’s live performance in Detroit, Michigan in 1974.
During the succeeding years, the band’s members would embark on their separate careers in music. Iggy went to rehab and made a solo career in music after his rehabilitation. Ron and Scott Asheton joined different bands, and Williamson became a producer and engineer and worked alongside Iggy when he went solo. However, Dave passed away in 1975 due to the pulmonary edema brought about by his pancreatitis.
In 2003, Iggy was reunited with Ron and Scott when they collaborated on some songs on the album Skull Ring. Afterwards, they started performing together again during a series of shows. This led to the release of the DVD Live in Detroit.
The band’s new album, entitle The Weirdness, came out in 2007 which accumulated mixed reviews from the critics. After the album’s release, the band went performing in several festivals and shows until 2008.
The reunion of Iggy Pop with the Stooges led to the development of the album, Ready to Die which was released on 2013. The band pursued their on-going tour until it concluded during the celebration of C2SV Festival in San Jose in September 2013.